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Review of Biga on the Banks

Biga on the Banks
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Ranked #8 of 4,714 Restaurants in San Antonio
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$41 - US$80
Cuisines: American, International
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Good for: View, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighbourhood: Downtown
Cross street: Market St.
Transit: Biga is located in the center of downtown San Antonio. Though we are walking distance from most downtown hotels, we are also conveniently located for any who wish to use the city's public transportation.
Description: Overlooking a quiet bend of the San Antonio Riverwalk, but within walking distance of all Downtown hotels and the Convention Center, Biga on the Banks highlights the daily changing menu of Chef Bruce Auden, the most frequently James Beard nominated Chef in San Antonio. Menu features seafood, steaks, lamb and wildgame with a preference for local and sustainable product, but do leave room for the Sticky Toffee Pudding.With high Zagat ratings Biga is an ideal venue for a romantic dinner for 2 or has impressive private dining rooms to entertain clients.
Reviewed 9 June 2013

We had dinner here on a Saturday evening. We stopped by a little after 7:30 p.m., without a reservation, and they were able to seat us right away. We chose to sit outside, which is always risky in June in Texas, even in the evening, but it was not very humid (comparatively) and there was a nice breeze. The patio area is not on the pedestrian level of the Riverwalk, nor is it heavily traveled, so it was not obnoxiously noisy. You will see and hear the barges go by but it is not intrusive.

I appreciated that you can share entrees, for a sharing fee of $4. If you don't have a big appetite but still want to try various things on the menu, that's a great option. I ordered the Texas hydroponic greens salad, which was good but not really memorable. My husband ordered what the waiter called the Thai salad but was not described that way on the menu; whatever it was called, it was delicious, and sizable, so he only ate about half of it. We had a bottle of white wine to go with the meal. The bread basket had the best cornbread I've ever had--very, very earthy and sweet. The other two breads were less memorable. Although it is much more of a fall-type entree, we ordered the pork tenderloin with spaezle and red cabbage. It was extremely good; the tenderloin was very tender and juicy (and still had a faint pink center, which may bother those who worry about pink pork). We shared the Grand Marnier souffle, which was very rich and a wonderful finish to the meal. Service was good, no attempt to rush us.

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Reviewed 7 June 2013

Biga on the Banks never disappoints! Service is impeccable and the food is perfectly prepared and delicious. Whenever we're in San Antonio, this is a definite "go to" place for us!

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Reviewed 6 June 2013

to be short and sweet - this place was amazing. Service, food, ambiance, location - all exceeded expectations. From the perfectly seared scallops to the most tender lamb chops I've eaten - hands down one of the best in SA. Oh, and complimentary champagne at the bar! Our bartender made us feel like we were the only 2 people in the place - and thanked us with a complimentary dessert too! Will definitely be back if we ever get back to Texas.

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Reviewed 5 June 2013

Very unique menu updated daily with organic products, and fresh catch of the day. Flavorful taste of the chef innovation coupled with some red Pinot made it an excellent experience. Scallops are highly recommended for a starter and ribeye is made to perfection. If i had to choose something to improve it would be the Espresso.

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Biga B, Owner at Biga on the Banks, responded to this reviewResponded 6 June 2013

Wow! Thank you for a super review, we will take your advice and check on the Espresso machine.
Hope you will be back in SA soon.
Cheers,
Perny

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Reviewed 3 June 2013

I am a pretty tough customer. I can hands-down say this is the best meal I have ever eaten in a restaurant.

If you go, and I highly suggest you do---- order this:
11-spiced Texas Axis venison and grilled Texas quail, parsnip puree, chestnuts, Brussels sprouts, cranberry raisin chutney, juniper sauce

Amazing dish!

They've got a fantastic wine selection, and great pairing recommendations.

I had the grand marnier souffle, which was absolutely great, but the entree was the highlight of the meal.

I'd go back to San Antonio in a heartbeat just to dine here again.

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Biga B, Owner at Biga on the Banks, responded to this reviewResponded 13 June 2013

Please hurry back!
thank you for the fabulous review

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